For CPD events for property professionals across the Chilterns and Thames Valley


A practical guide to diagnosing structural movement

Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes MK9 2EE

Many surveyors are nervous about diagnosing cracks observed in a building.  This is understandable as the interpretation of cracks can be difficult to teach and requires a breadth of knowledge and experience. 

In this talk, Malcolm Holland, a regional senior associate at Countrywide Surveyors, describes from first principles a simple methodology to record and diagnose movement and cracking in buildings.  With a reasonable knowledge of building construction and of factors that distort cracks, at least nine out of ten cracks can be diagnosed in just a few minutes.

"You can do it - success with your own business"

KIngs Hotel, Oxford Road, Stokenchurch HP14 3TA

"You can do it - success with your own business" is Andy Jansons' story of setting up his own commercial property agency in the 1990s, the trials and tribulations that followed, and the continuing success of the business today.

This will be a motivating talk for those who are contemplating launching out on their own, with plenty of tips and advice to help you take the first steps or grow your own business. 

Tour of the British Library - History and Treasures (a PPN event)

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

This tour, organised by PPN (the Property People's Network) will encompass the history of the British Library and how it works, with additional time spent in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, where the guide will introduce some of the treasures on display. 

?Further details will be available shortly.

Casting shadows - the risks related to rights of light (a Boyes Turner event)

Boyes Turner, Abbots House, Abbey Street, Reading RG1 3BD

Boyes Turner, solicitors in the Thames Valley, are hosting a breakfast seminar entitled Casting shadows - the risks related to rights of light and how to minimise them on Thursday, 28 April.

There is increasing pressure for high density development, particularly in residential built-up areas. This is coupled with the government failing to find time to put into effect the Law Commission’s recommendations for reform.  The result is that developers, property owners and occupiers are thrown back on the common law in relation to the impact of rights of light.

Sustainable roofing design

Maidenhead Golf Club

Garland UK roofingDaniel Sandell of The Garland Company (UK) gave a wide-ranging talk on sustainable roofing design, metal (standing seam) roofing systems and RAMP (Garland's Roof Asset Management Programme) in a CPD event at Maidenhead Golf Club.

Garland UK is part of The Garland Company, Inc, founded in 1895.

Your eyes in the sky - high level inspections using drones

Maidenhead Golf Club

"A picture paints a thousand words; drones can do so much more."

Using a camera mounted on a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or drone for high-level inspections has become a recognised method for surveyors in recent years.  On Tuesday, 19 April, Paulo and Frank Coll brought an audience of surveyors up-to-date on the opportunities for using drones and followed this up with a practical demonstration.

Their talk covered:

  • the truth about drones - the law in relation to commercial UAVs, the operating environment for licensed pilots (such as Paulo and Frank) compared with unlicensed operators of drones;
  • the product - uses and limitations - explaining with reference to two sub-7kg drones, both suitable for indoor and outdoor operation;
  • the possibilities - ways of obtaining survey data, and comparisons with using other methods such as a cherry-picker, ladders or scaffolding in terms of cost, flexibility and response.